Last Monday the local garden club hosted an open house.
One of the speakers was an expert on mini conifers.
Now those don't really interest me all that much ,
but part of his talk was on making hypetufa troughs,
which is what they plant mini garden in .
The speaker always uses mini conifers in his troughs.
He was quite the purest when it came to trough gardens.
I am not.
I don't think he would approve of mine.
But I love the way it turned out.
I didn't make this container
( although , I do plan to give it a go , so stay tuned for a hypertufa post )
this one was given to me by a friend.
Her daughter had made them as a 4H project.
I bet I've had it for at least 10 years.
It was made using the same basic method ,
probably a different "recipe" and
she used a rhubarb leaf to made the pattern .
Over the years , I've used it as a bird bath , a bird feeder , or
just as an ornament.
I decided it was time to put it to use.
Plus after hearing the speaker I was dying to give it a try.
First I filled the bottom 3 inches ( approximately) with chicken grit,
I then filled it with a light weight potting mix.
Then the fun part...
The idea with these trough gardens is that it is actually a MINI garden.
So you arrange the plants as if you are landscaping a full sized garden.
Complete with ornaments, paths , arbors , etc.
This container was in my Moon Garden so of course it had to be a Mini Moon Garden !
I don't know if I've mentioned it before ,
but I have a slight obsession with Hostas.
Especially miniature Hostas.
The only problem with miniature Hostas is they have a tendency to get lost in the border cause they are just THAT small !
I thought mini gardens would be a great way to showcase my little lovelies.
I added a mini pine and a VERY small leafed mint.
The Hostas won't get much taller , but they will eventually get bigger around.
I anticipate the mint will spread, I really hope it does.
I'm really hoping it spreads in like grass.
Time will tell...
Then I added this little arbor and garden bench.
And the icing on the cake ( I think ) ...
The gazing ball!
I've got a couple more mini garden plans floating around in my brain.
I'll share them eventually.
The weather must straighten out first.
Do you like them ?
Has anyone else planted one ?
Are you tired of my Moon Garden yet ?
I hope not, cause I've got another update post coming soon.
I think I'm in love....
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